Burglar-Proof (1920)

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Lois Wilson was an up-and-comer when she supported Bryant Washburn in this light comedy. John Harlow (Washburn) wants to take his sweetheart, Jenny Larkin (Grace Morse), to the annual Crystal Springs event, but his Uncle Jim (Tom D. Bates) refuses to loan him the five dollars. As a result, John loses his girl and he leaves town, swearing that he will never be broke again. By hanging onto every cent, he winds up with a lot of money as the junior partner in a wholesale grocery company. One night he goes to a dancehall and meets his old sweetheart, Jenny, who is a dance teacher there. She's amazed at how miserly John has become and is determined to make him open up his wallet. When Laura Lowell (Wilson) returns from a concert tour, Jenny sees her opportunity. She sets the innocent Laura on John, and he falls for her immediately. He starts throwing his money around in a new spirit of generosity, and Laura falls for him, too. Jenny, realizing that her plan has worked too well, tells John that Laura is involved with Richard Crane (Clarence Geldart), and they spy the two of them kissing. John is devastated until Crane announces that he has just wed Laura's mother. John proposes to Laura, and she accepts -- providing that he cease his spendthrift ways.